As I sit and examine the different Disney movies of my childhood, I come to find many similarities between them. I looked at the movies “Beauty and The Beast,” “Alladen,” “Ariel,” “Cinderella,” “Snow-white,” as well as others. All have impacted my childhood in many ways that I have only come to realize now.
In all movies, they involve a single parent. Bell, Jasmine, and Ariel live with their fathers. Cinderella lives with her step-mother and sisters, and Snow-white lives by herself with dwarfs. To someone who is naive, they might think that a perfect family in a fairy tale consists of two parents, a female and male. When I was younger, I did not deeply think about how Disney could affect my life. All of these stories explain a glorified version of how life could be, raising a child as a single parent.
Not only is the Princess of these stories being raised by a single parent, but they seem to always have someone controlling them. Bell is controlled by a beast who thinks that he can decide when she leaves the place she is trapped in, also when she eats, and when she can sleep. This relates back to the real world with relationships. The beast is similar to an abusive boyfriend who thinks he can control her every move. The kiss at the end that turns him into a prince, relates to how women are brainwashed into thinking that if they kiss the “beast”, it will turn him into a prince. The princesses, Jasmine and Ariel, are controlled by their fathers. The fathers decide who they can date or what they can do with their lives. This definitely relates to real life problems that could happen today.
Also, in all of these movies, the Princess is always coming in contact with a problem. Bell is a prisoner of a beast, and throughout the movie she is trying to escape the beast, but ends up falling for him. Jasmine is made up of a rich family and is being forced to marry a rich man, instead of the man she falls in love with. All she wants to do is be free. Cinderella’s step mom controls her. Her step mom and sisters force her to do chores, and clean up, while they enjoy their glorified life. She is trapped in this world where she can never be good enough because of the outfits she wears and the status she has.
Yes, Disney is glorified with princesses and magic and prince’s to rescue these princesses on white horses, but Disney movies ultimately connect with our everyday lives today. They deal with problems of having the right social status, or being imprisoned by their fathers, boyfriends or step mothers. They go through issues of having only a single parent to take care of them, and their social status affect how people treat them. These can be everyday problems that we have today in our lives.
This is a Disney Parody, using the movie “Mean Girls” as their voices to show how Disney relates to everyday life. Yes it is a joke, and the characters of Disney did not say these words, but just like the movie mean girls, it shows the struggles of a highschool teenager and relates it back to Disney. –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQeTlxhhmEo